A 23-year-old woman came forward in October 2019, alleging that a Newport News, VA police officer along with a daycare owner sexually assaulted her more than 100 times when she was a child [Source: Daily Press]. The woman, who has not yet been identified by sources, says that beginning in 2009 when she was only 12 years old, she would go to Kristi Lynn Cline’s home after school, which was also used to operate a daycare out of. It was there that Cline and Officer Robert Jones had her engage in sexual activity with them.
The woman claims that Cline first began taking naked photos of her and would send them to Jones. Jones would sometimes stop by while on-duty and the three would go to an upstairs bedroom. The accuser also said that “Jones and Cline had her perform a sex act on Jones in Cline’s bedroom” which eventually led to “routine sexual intercourse with Jones.”
Jones allegedly would have his police radio on a nearby dresser and the alleged abuse would end when someone either came to the door or when Jones got a call on his radio. It also occurred when Cline’s husband was either at work on deployment. During the time the three were in the bedroom, the woman says there were also multiple children left unattended downstairs.
The alleged sexual abuse lasted for about two years, up until the woman was 14 and in high school.8
Cline and Jones’ Attorneys Attempt to Invalidate the Accusations Made Against Them
After the woman came forward and recognized Cline and Jones for allegedly sexually abusing her, the two hired attorneys who have attempted to undermine the claims made against them. The source says the lawyers highlighted that the woman has been diagnosed with “schizophrenia and bipolar disorder” and “has had multiple inpatient hospitalizations in mental health facilities.” Despite the allegations that were made against the alleged victim, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Frederick Aucamp said he has found “sufficient evidence to send the case to a Circuit Court grand jury.”
The defendant’s attorneys also questioned the other sexual abuse claims the woman made against other men. During the cross-examination, the woman admitted to “concocting other sex abuse assertions against several others in late 2016 and early 2017” as “cover stories” used “to get the abuse by Jones and Cline “off [her] chest.”
As a result of the claims that have been made, Cline has been charged with “two counts each of aggravated sexual battery and object sexual penetration, one count of carnal knowledge and three counts of indecent liberties.” As for Jones, 47, he has been charged with “forcible sodomy, carnal knowledge of a minor, two counts of rape, four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, and one count of solicitation.” He has been placed on unpaid leave.
The case was transferred to a grand jury who will be responsible for deciding on the matter.
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